Now that the 2014 Formula One season has come to a close, it’s time to look to the future. The McLaren racing team had no sooner finished racing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix than it began testing its hybrid McLaren-Honda MP4-29H/1X1 for the first time.
Honda, which had pulled out of the sport in 2008, was drawn back because of the new engine regulations, which require F1 cars to be powered by hybrid V6 engines rather than the previous naturally-aspirated V8s.
Honda already has plenty of experience working with hybrid-electric technology and has much to gain by applying what it learns on the track to its production vehicles—the kind you see every day at Basney Honda.
The automaker also enjoyed immense success as an engine supplier in the past. Between 1986 and 1991, Honda supplied engines to six consecutive constructor champions and five consecutive driver champions. Its partnership with McLaren in 1988 is considered to be one of the most successful in Formula One history, when the team won all but one race. We hope they can do it again starting next year in the new McLaren-Honda MP4-29H!